Song of the Day Mar 15

March 15, 2024

This month I’m focusing on One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Today our song is:  Electric Avenue

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

The title of the song refers to Electric Avenue in the south London district of Brixton, the first market street to be lit by electricity. According to Grant he first became aware of the existence of the street during a stint acting at the Black Theatre of Brixton. The area is now known for its high population of Caribbean immigrants. At the beginning of the 1980s, as identified by the Scarman Report, tensions over unemployment, racism and poverty exacerbated by racist policing culminated in the street events now known as the 1981 Brixton riot. Grant, horrified and enraged, wrote and composed a song in response to these events. Shortly after, Grant left the UK to live in Barbados, and his most recent batch of songs was lost during baggage transit. "Electric Avenue" was one of the songs he wrote immediately afterwards to make up for the lost material.



  1. I had no idea aboutvthe riot and this song's history. I just danced to it blithely ignorant of what it represents


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